Did you know that physical activity helps children not only expend energy but also sends that energy to their brains? Here are some examples:
- Rocking a baby does more than provide emotional comfort; it stimulates the vestibular region of the inner ear. This region is responsible for language development.
- In a large-scale study of almost 12,000 Nebraska schoolchildren published in August in The Journal of Pediatrics, aerobic fitness was a significant predictor of academic performance; weight status was not.
- A representative study, presented in May at the American College of Sports Medicine, found that fourth- and fifth-grade students who ran around and otherwise exercised vigorously for at least 10 minutes before a math test scored higher than children who had sat quietly before the exam.
Want to run around and build your brain? Join us for Brain Building in Progress Week, April 5-12! Activities will include dance parties, yoga, basketball, rock climbing and Lucky the Leprechaun! Talk about someone who is very, very smart….
Lucky the Leprechaun has been the Boston Celtics mascot for more than 50 years! Lucky is not your typical leprechaun – he loves to entertain Celtics fans at the Garden with acrobatic dunks and daring stunts. Lucky believes his passion for cheering on his favorite team is what keeps him young. You can find Lucky at the Garden during each Celtics home game, but you can see him up close and personal at Boston Children’s Museum on Saturday, April 5 at 11:00 am to help us launch Brain Building in Progress Week and the Week of the Young Child.